On a single holiday the beauty of the Southwest’s National Parks come alive. From delicate stone arches and beautiful, multi-colored canyons to towering stone monoliths and crystal-clear lakes, this journey is a delight to behold. Enjoy the relaxation of a float trip and the excitement of the nation’s entertainment center.
1 Arrive in Utah
Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah. With flights arriving from across the country, meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for dining suggestions.
2 Salt Lake City and Dead Horse Point State Park
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Salt Lake City, founded by Mormon settlers more than 150 years ago. Then, venture into Dead Horse Point State Park with its amazing views of the Colorado River as it snakes its way through massive sandstone walls and colorful canyons. Continue to your hotel in Moab. Meals: B, D
3 Arches National Park and Colorado River Float Trip
Arches National Park contains the largest concentration of stone arches in the world. A local guide shows you the massive sandstone arches and describes the culture of those that have occupied the region. Enjoy lunch before boarding a raft for a float trip on the Colorado River where your oarsman relates tales of the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley. Meals: B, L
4 Monument Valley Jeep Tour
After a visit to the Puebloan ruins at Edge of the Cedars State Park, come to the incredible Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where numerous Western movies, television shows and commercials have been filmed. A traditional Navajo lunch and Navajo-guided, four-wheel drive tour are included in your visit. En route to Page, make a stop at Navajo National Monument to view the Betatakin Ruin. Meals: B, L
5 Vermilion Cliffs and Lake Powell Cruise
A morning scenic drive along Vermilion Cliffs National Monument brings you to the impressive Colorado River Gorge at Navajo
Bridge. Near Page this afternoon, you’ll visit the massive Glen Canyon Dam before a “Canyons Adventure” cruise on sky-blue Lake Powell through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Dinner tonight is at the resort. Meals: B, D
6 Discover the Grand Canyon and Cape Royal and Point Imperial
Depart Page to experience the wonders of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. Begin with an excursion to Cape Royal and Point Imperial, offering incomparable views of this gaping chasm, about one mile deep and ten miles across. Those who have visited the heavily-traveled South Rim will be surprised to see that the views and environment are distinctively different here. Take in the Canyon’s unique beauty before departing for Springdale. Meals: B, D
7 Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks
Begin the day with a drive to the famed “Pink Cliffs” of Bryce Canyon National Park. Follow the Rim Drive to view the vividly colored, fantastic rock formations approximating castles, temples and even whole cities sculptured in stone! Later, return to Springdale and Zion National Park, where the Virgin River has cut a dramatic rugged gorge through multihued sandstone, shale and limestone. Admire the towering rock walls surrounding you while touring aboard an open-air sightseeing tram. Meals: B, D
8 Valley of Fire and Las Vegas
Cross into Nevada this morning and take the scenic drive through beautiful Valley of Fire State Park. Continue through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and make a stop at the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge for a remarkable view of massive Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
In Las Vegas, a guide joins you for a tour of the city’s famous “strip” to see its collection of resorts. After your farewell dinner, enjoy the excitement and energy in glittering Las Vegas. Meals: B, D
9 Homeward Bound
Your tour ends with a group transfer to the Las Vegas McCarren International Airport at 9:00 a.m. for flights out after 12:00 p.m. Meal: B